The Ohio Department of Health is expected to release the state’s latest COVID-19 case count at 2 p.m. Monday.
As of Sunday, December 26, a total of 1,931,908 (+ 20,917) coronavirus cases have been reported in Ohio, resulting in 94,462 (+ 109) hospitalizations and 11,566 (+ 9) intensive care admissions.
The ODH reported 443 deaths on Friday, bringing the total to 28,720. The state only updates the number after death certificates are processed, usually twice a week.
Last week, Ohio had three straight days with a record number of single-day cases. The highest number of cases in a day, not counting pending data, was on Thursday with 15,989 new cases of COVID-19 reported.
OhioHealth infectious disease specialist Dr Joseph Gastaldo said the record number of cases seen in the state last week is due in part to the fact that the omicron variant is much more contagious and transmissible.
According to Gastaldo, the number of cases has increased by 61% and hospitalizations by 8% statewide compared to just 14 days ago, and it is important to remain vigilant with the mitigation measures.
The new vaccination numbers are expected to be updated again on Monday, with health ministry officials claiming that a database provider would have a multi-day outage. As of Wednesday, 6,937,844 people in the state had at least started the vaccination process.
The 21-day average of cases is over 10,000.
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